First, please do not misunderstand my headline: It'll be fine with me if the Republicans fail to win the Senate. What astounds me is that there is any chance
of failure. Given the unpopularity of this President -- given the weak economy and the many deceits on the foreign policy front -- you'd think that this election would be an easy blowout for the GOP. A game-changer. An election which Dems of future decades will shudder to recall.
The Republicans could have a history-making night if it were in their political DNA to moderate their messaging just a bit. But no. They can't do it. Brent Budowsky
has it right:
Obviously President Obama’s unpopularity hurts Democrats. But Republican hatred of Obama does not a Senate majority make. Right-wing anger, vindictiveness, dog whistles and derision do not create one job, make life better for one woman or make one American town safer. Serious and concerned voters want more, which is why the GOP wave has not materialized and so many Southern and red-state Democrats are still standing after a year of onslaughts, attacks and, at times, flat-out lies arrayed by the armies of the right against them.
Right now, Budowsky is predicting a 50/50 Senate with Independent Greg Orman winning his Kansas seat and playing a God-like role, or something like that. I rather fancy that scenario, although I think Budovsky is being too optimistic. I'm still predicting a GOP win -- a narrow
If the Republicans could shake their addiction to insane statements, they would not have to content themselves with an eked-out victory. They would clobber
Wanna know the race I'm watching most carefully? Kentucky. I would love to see Alison Grimes defeat Mitch McConnell, one of my least-favorite politicians. If Grimes wins, I will be a happy man -- no matter what else occurs in election night.